Education

Table: Ballot Initiatives

November 03, 2004 4 min read

Tax reform and school spending were among the most common themes of state ballot measures that went before voters Nov. 2.


The table below shows preliminary results of state ballot measures. Winners are in bold.

State Initiative Results
Alabama Amendment 2
Would eliminate language in state constitution that requires “separate schools … for white and colored children.” Would also strike clause that says “no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”
For:
49.88%
Against: 50.12%
Source: Al.com
99 percent of precincts reporting
Arkansas Referred Question 1
Referred by legislature, measure would increase property-tax rate by 3 mills—or 3 cents for every $100 in assessed value—to pay for public schools.
For:
32.98 %
Against: 67.02 %
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State
96 percent of counties reporting
California Proposition 1A
Seeks to allow local property and sales taxes to remain under the control of local governments, and would generally prevent state from shifting to schools or community colleges state tax revenues allocated to local governments. Proposition could be suspended if governor declared a fiscal emergency and two-thirds of legislature agreed.
For: 83.6%
Against: 16.4%
Source: California Secretary of State
100 percent of precincts reporting
Colorado Amendment 35
Would increase cigarette tax to 84 cents a pack—a 64-cent increase—and raise tax on other tobacco products to 40 percent of purchase price, double the current rate. Sixteen percent of resulting revenue would be spent on education about harms of tobacco and on programs to help smokers quit.
For:
61%
Against:
39%
Source: Rocky Mountain News
92 percent of precincts reporting
Florida Amendment 1
Would authorize legislature to pass law requiring parental notification when a teenager seeks an abortion.
For: 64.7%
Against: 35.3%
Source: Florida Department of State
98.8 percent of precincts reporting
Indiana Question 1
Legislature is asking voters for power to exempt certain property from taxes, including a person’s primary residence, and personal property used to generate income.
For:
70.81%
Against:
29.19%
Source: Indianapolis Star
99.7 percent of precincts reporting
Louisiana Amendment No. 2
Would expand existing property-tax exemptions on primary residences.
For:
78%
Against:
22%
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State
100 percent of precincts reporting
Maine Question 1
Citizen-initiated measure would cap property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value and roll back property values to 1996-97 levels.
For:
37.3%
Against:
62.7%
Source: MaineToday.com
92.9 percent precincts reporting
Missouri Amendment 3
Would require that revenue from motor-vehicle sales taxes and fuel taxes be spent on local highways, roads, and bridges. Some of that revenue now helps pay for schools.
For: 78.9%
Against: 21.1%
Source: Missouri Secretary of State
100 percent of precincts reporting
Nevada Question 1
“Education First” ballot question, if passed, would force legislature to allocate money to schools before deciding how much to spend on other state projects.
For:
55.81%
Against:
42.73%
Question 2
Would amend state constitution to require that Nevada finance schools at or above average national per-pupil expenditure, starting in 2012-13 school year.
For:
47.85%
Against:
50.75%
Source: Nevada Secretary of State
(Percent reporting unavailable.)
New Mexico Amendment 5
Would change name of New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped to New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
For:
69.9%
Against:
30.1%
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State
29 counties reporting
North Carolina Amendment 2
Would amend state constitution to allow legislature to tap money from fines and civil penalties to help pay for public schools.
For: 2,214,210 (percent unavailable)
Against: 647,225
(percent unavailable)
Source: Raleigh News and Observer
(Percent reporting unavailable.)
Oklahoma Question 705
Will create the Oklahoma Lottery Commission to oversee the new statewide lottery. Thirty-five percent of the revenue from the lottery will be spent on education. The rest will pay for prizes and administration.
For:
64.68%
Against:
35.32%
Question 706:
Will create the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund to oversee the spending of proceeds from the new state lottery.
For:
67.94%
Against:
32.06%
Question 712
Would enact new Model Tribal Gaming Compact that changes the types of gaming allowed on tribal land and directs portions of the proceeds to education.
For: 59.47%
Against: 40.53%

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

South Dakota Amendment B
Would amend state constitution to permit state to pay for food and transportation for students who attend religious schools.
For:
47%
Against:
53%
Measure 1
Would exempt food purchases from state and local sales taxes.
For:
33%
Against:
67%
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State
82.7 percent of precincts reporting
Washington Referendum 55
Citizen-initiated measure would repeal state’s charter school law, which was passed by the legislature in March.
For:
41.59%
Against:
58.40%
Initiative 884
Would raise state sales tax to 7.5 percent— 1 percentage point higher than current level. Estimated $1 billion in new revenue would finance preschool, K-12 programs, higher education scholarships and research, and increases in teacher salaries.
For:
39.28%
Against:
60.71%
Source: Washington Secretary of State
(Percent reporting unavailable.)
SOURCE: Education Week

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